In another support of local small businesses, there was recently a tour through the area of various artists and studios. While a large number of them ended up being things that I wasn’t all that interested in, I can’t say that I’m one to go spend a lot of time at art galleries and the like, there was one that stood out. A local glassblowing set up was having a few demonstrations on glass blowing, and that just sounded interesting.
We first got to the shop and walked through. It was the standard that you might expect, with various pieces about. Inside was a lady demonstrating her glass etching. She pretty much had a small grinder wheel with a small water hose to decrease the friction and as it got fired up she would freehand designs. She had some lovely pieces and it was amazing to see her make these markings on the glass and watch them become a stunning design.
Next, we stepped outside to find a small scale glassblowing set up under a tent. He had a small torch, a little table top kiln, and some hollow glass tubes. It was pretty darn cool to see him just heat up the end of a tube and then use his tools to manipulate it. Then he would blow through the cool end of the tube and the ornament he was making would expand. It was cool to see. If you would like to see some of his work you can find him at TmannGlass
Then we got to head into the big studio. While the first demo was at the cool, I could see myself picking up some equipment and giving this a try, this second demo was “the big league”. This was the long metal blow tubes of classic glassblowing and huge furnaces to keep a bowl of molten glass for days at a time. It was amazing to see how he formed a hurricane lamp. He had a lot of information and talked us through the whole process.
I must say, I found this intriguing. I may at some point have to take a crack at glassblowing myself.